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Hazelwood KinderCare

Laura Schaub, Center Director

6200 Howdershell Rd. Hazelwood MO 63042
(314) 895-3443 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
McNair, McCurdy, Lawson, Combs, Russell, Armstrong, Garrett, Lusher, Jana, Brown, Coldwater, Saint Ferdinand

We have diverse families and teachers! We are located close to the highway for easier pick-up and drop-off during busy work schedules! Our teachers work together to create a warm, welcome school for all our students.  We make it a priority to know each family.  Our curriculum is writen to help children create a lifelong love of learning through the seven educational foundations. (language and literacy, math, science, social studies, music, visual arts, health, and physical education)


Welcome to the Hazelwood KinderCare! We are located at the corner of Howdershell Road and Utz Lane, just minutes from Highway 270! Walking in our front door you will immediately feel welcomed by our friendly staff and cozy environment. Each program is designed to foster your child's individual growth and development. From our Infant room to our School Age room, our teachers are passionate about every child's success.  Call us today to schedule a tour of our school!  We can't wait to meet your family!

Laura Schaub, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center, the premiere early childhood learning center. We provide a high quality educational environment to your child through enriched daily activities, safe classroom environments, and quality staff members. As a staff we are dedicated to both the education and the safety of your child. If you at any point have any questions for us, feel free to stop in the office, call or e-mail with the contact information provided. We feel privileged and honored that you have chosen our establishment for your child. Thank you for trusting us with your loved one!

  • Laura Schaub, Center Director

    I can honestly say that every day I am happy, excited and ready to come to work to see my KinderCare family! The love and hugs from all the children are what really makes my job better than I could have ever imagined!

    Laura began working at KinderCare in July 1995. She started her career with KinderCare as a as a preschool teacher. Laura attended Millikin University where she completed her degree in Elementary Education. She found her true passion working with young children and completed her master's degree in early childhood education in 2016. Laura is passionate about ensuring quality education for children birth through school age as she ensures KinderCare has the highest quality through the National Association Through the Education of Young Children. Laura and her husband Mike have been married since 1991 and have three children that all attended KinderCare!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Laura's favorite children's book are The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Good Night Moon.

    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Shanna Gimpelson

    Shanna Gimpelson, Assistant Director

    I love knowing that I help provide a safe, fun, and caring learning environment for the families in our center!

    Shanna graduated from Lindenwood University in 2006 with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She began working with KinderCare in October of 2006. She started as a Toddler teacher. In 2008, Shanna began working part time at KinderCare and worked full time in the Special Education Department at Orchard Farm School District. In 2009, she met her husband Jon, and they were married in July, 2010. In August, 2011, Shanna was offered the Assistant Director position at the Hazelwood KinderCare and began working full time at KinderCare! In March, 2014, Shanna and Jon had their first daughter, Lucy!  Lucy is now 2 years old, and attends part time in our Discovery Preschool classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Shanna has previously worked as a special education teacher!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Shanna's favorite children's book is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar!"
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Karen Poinsett

    Ms. Karen Poinsett, Assistant Center Director

    If you can dream it, you can do it."-Walt Disney

    Karen is an assistant director here at KinderCare.She is married with two beautiful little girls, Emma and Allison.  Emma is 7 years old, in 1st grade at Lawson Elementary school, and attends Before/After school care in our SchoolAge classroom.  Allie is 3 years old, and attends Preschool at KinderCare.  Karen loves working with children and seeing them learn and grow each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Karen previously taught thrid grade and was a prekindergarten /Department Assistant at Central Institute for the Deaf.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Karen's favorite chilren's book is "The Hungry Cattepillar."
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bacelor of Arts Degree in Deaf Communication with a concentration in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    The smiles I get from the babies make me smile everyday!

    Ms. Kristen has been with KinderCare since March 2002. She has worked in every classroom but has been in the Infant room for the past four years. Ms. Kristen received her Child Development Associates credential in June of 2011. Her goal as an Infant teacher is to provide a caring and nurturing environment for the babies everyday, as well as to ensure her parents their children are in great hands. Ms. Kristen's favorite food is pasta!  She loves the color red, and she was born in St. Louis at St. Johns' hospital.  Ms. Kristen is excited to meet you and your family, and can't wait to share her classroom with you!  Ms. Kristen's daughter Skyler is currently 2 years old and attends the Discovery Preschool program at our school.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristen loves seeing her class everyday! She says that every day is a new and exciting adventure. She loves to watch the little ones eplore and learn new things!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    She loves to read anything written by Nicholas Sparks, and loves reading with the infants. Her favorite book to read to the babies is Babies in Motion.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Infants

    As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen."-Winnie the Pooh

    Becky moved to New York when she was 19 to become a live in nanny. She stayed with that family and traveled for four years. She then stayed with another family for four years as a live in nanny. While she was a live-in nanny with her third family she met her husband! She then started working as an infant/toddler teacher in a corporate building in New York. Becky and her husband got married and she started working at another centter where she earned her CDA. In 2008 Becky and her husband moved to the Pocono Mountains and then moved here in 2011 and started working with KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Becky was a live in/out nanny in New York for 20 years!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Becky's favorite children's book is "Good Night Moon."
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sana, Toddler

    Don't be a follower; be a leader

    Ms. Sana has been in Early Childhood Education for over 6 years and loves working with toddlers! She graduated with a BA in Elementary Education in August 2016 and is planning on getting certified to become an elementary school teacher. Ms. Sana has had the amazing opportunity to move around the country, and has lived in Cary, N.C., Seattle, WA., Denver, CO., Salt Lake City, UT., and Florissant, MO., so far, but Chicago will always be home. She has been married for 8 years, and has a twin sister and younger brother.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Toddler teacher at Cradle to Crayons in Golden, CO.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree, Where the Wild Things Are, Harry Potter
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Kimberly

    Ms. Kimberly, Toddler Classroom

    I love inspring little minds to have fun learning through exploration.

    Ms. Kimberly has been with KinderCare since 1996 and has been working in Early Childhood Education for 21 years. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a great passion for caring for and teaching children in their most important developmental stages of growth.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Kim loves to read! She enjoys using her ereader to share stories with the students in her classroom!
    Year Started:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Desiray, Discovery Preschool

    If you dont stand for something, you'll fall for anything

    Ms. Desiray was born and raised in Chicago, IL, but has recently moved to Florissant, MO with her boyfriend and their son, David. Her hobbies include cooking and playing with 1 year old David, who also attends this KinderCare in the Toddler A room.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead teacher in infants/toddlers
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Persuing BA in Psychology
  • Ms. LaTori

    Ms. LaTori, Preschool

    Don't be the same, be better.

    LaTori was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended McCluer Senior Highschool. She has always had a passion to teach and loves working with younger children. LaTori has a daughter who is 17 years old. Her daughter is the light of her life! LaTori is also newly engaged! She enjoys her time here at KinderCare and absolutely enjoys the relationships she has built with the families and the children

    Previous Experience:
    LaTori has worked at Young Expressions Childcare and Clayton Childcare Center
    Favorite Children's Book:
    LaTori's favorite children's book is"Green Eggs and Ham!"
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Cindy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Cindy was born in St. Louis, but lived in Texas for 13 years and Hawaii for 3 years. She has been part of the Kindercare family for over 10 years, and has played a role in every classroom, was our culinary chef, as well as bus driver throughout the duration of her career here. In her free time she loves doing crafts and watching sports (soccer and softball) with her boyfriend Terry and his 2 children, a boy and a girl.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Critters
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Desire, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Treat others like you want to be treated!

    Ms. Desire is married to Danny Burke, and they have a blended family of 7 boys! Her hobbies include hiking, art, photography, playing piano, singing, and swimming. They have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and her favorite color is green. Ms. Desire loves, loves, loves chocolate candy bars!

    Previous Experience:
    18 years teaching experience
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Suess ABC's
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    BA in Elementary Education, Minor in Music, Masters in Social Work
  • Ms. Ariel

    Ms. Ariel, School Age Classroom

    I am privileged to help school agers to expand their knowledge in reaching higher goals in life!

    Ms. Ariel has been with KinderCare since 2003 as a school age teacher. In the course of nine years in early childhood education, she has acquired her Child Development Associate's certification. Her goal as a School Age teacher is to stimulate the minds and ambitions of School Ager's and to motivate them to reach their greatness. She is very passionate about helping School Ager's in their quest in life.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sherri

    Ms. Sherri, Culinarian

    I love how each day is different and a child can always make her smile no matter how the rest of the day is going.

    Ms. Sherri has been with KinderCare since 1989. All three of her daughters attended KinderCare. She has worked with every age group, drives the bus, and helps with field trips in the summer. She was an Assistant Director for six years. She loves doing arts and crafts with the kids.  Sherri loves to eat ice cream!  Her favorite color is green, and she was born in Alton, IL.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sherri has worked for many years with all the age groups here at KinderCare, including being the assistant director at Shakleford and Croftdale for a few years.
    Year Started:
    28 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

This center adheres to the highest safety, cleanliness and maintenance standards. This center is accessible via single-entry security with keypad access, with daily sign-in and sign-out, and strict parent/guardian identification procedures.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Our family has been with Kindercare for 6 years. I have 2 children who attend this facility. They both look forward to coming here each week. My youngest is a preschooler who enjoys interacting with the teachers and other preschoolers. His knowledge has increased tremendously the past couple of years. My oldest is a school ager who enjoys socializing with the other school agers. She enjoys being there so much that she likes when I pick them up late, so that she can have more time there. 

All the teacher are fabulous with the kids. I have noticed the extra attention they would give to each child to meet their needs. From toddler age to school age, each of the teachers have been great. The staff here at Kindercare are professional and caring.


- Father

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